To the casual observer Idles may appear to be something of an engima; an inexplicable bolt from the blue thrust, blinking and blinkered, into a searching limelight. Casual observers, you see, are largely unaware that this year marks a decade since Idles came into being and some seven years since their first studio release was made available.
Nobody could have predicted IDLES' last eighteen months. Their debut album, 'Brutalism' was a stunning slice of adrenaline-fuelled punk, but nobody dreamed of the reception it would receive. As they careen towards the follow-up, the band have plenty in the pipeline before they make it to their October headline tour.
Blackpool's premier punk festival Rebellion continues to attract its audience from across Europe and even further affield. This year sees the organisers delve into their collective song collections to deliver the event's most well-formed and eclectic line-up to date. Here we offer our five picks for day one of the festival (Thursday 2nd August).
While it might feel like IDLES' success was a bolt from the blue, that's far from the full story. The band first released studio material way back in 2012 in the form of their 'Welcome' EP; now they're out on the road for their biggest headline tour to date, on the back of the runaway success of 'Brutalism' their debut full-length.
As we head into the homeward stretch in the run-up to Neighbourhood Festival 2017, we’ve cast our knowing eyes across the whole of the extensive (and eclectic) line-up to provide a breakdown of the bands we think you need to see when you head over to Manchester on Saturday 7th October. Here’s our pick of the four acts you simply can’t afford to miss.
Last year marked a decade of Live At Leeds, a groundbreaking event which paved the way for a number of similar urban festivals which continue to go from strength to strength. As a result of last year's milestone, the organisers clearly decided that the only way was up, with this year's bill managing to be bigger and better than ever before.